THE ONLY FORUM FOR ENTHUSIASTS OF CLASSIC SAFARI CARAVANS MADE BETWEEN 1948 AND 1982.
This group was started in 2003, with the aim of encouraging the preservation and enjoyment of all Safari Caravans made before 1978 and of the classic shape with the drop front side window made until 1982.
We try to assist owners in preservation, restoration, sales and purchase of these excellent Caravans. Membership is open to anyone who owns, has owned, or would like to own a Safari caravan, or is a supplier of products or services directly related to these Caravans.
The world's largest collection of photographs of Safari Caravans is now on the Facebook group.
Just purchased a major project. Oh my, what have I taken on? It is a 14/2 Safari, serial number 81198. So as I have worked out from this forum it is the 198th off the line in 1981. New to caravans, new to towing anything, new to Safaris and the restoration of them. This could be a bit of a steep learning curve. The back door side corner needs all new timber, as does the front door side behind the grab handle. That is just the start of it, so I could be on this forum quite a bit.
Welcome to the group Stuart. Yours is another new serial number for the register. Do you have any pictures, or if you bought from ebay, just let me know the auction number as I will already have the pics! Good luck with your restoration, they are not as complicated as you might think. Just take lots of pics and measurements as you take it apart. If you need advice, help or parts, just post on here and someone is sure to help you.
Brian Miller Group Founder 1978 Safari 15-4 and 1970 Volvo Amazon
I purchased the caravan from a very helpful chap called Steve in Herefordshire, not through eBay though. I was looking through some of there recent posts on the Facebook page last night and on the 15th July you posted about a group member that had a van on eBay. I have just had another look and it is the same van.
Attached is a link to the only photo I have at the moment, (taken on the way down from Herefordshire to our home in Cornwall). This was the first time I had towed anything and the Safari behaved impeccably. It is now inside my workshop.
While I was hunting for a Safari I looked at another 14/2 and have noticed that it is not on your register. Serial number 80171 with green stripe. It was in petty good condition, Better than mine, but I couldn't afford the asking price of £1,950. This caravan was further down into Cornwall.
I will start the restoration by stripping out the obvious areas of rot, (Steve started this, so I could see what I was letting myself in for). Then just take it step by step. If I get stuck I am sure the members of the forum will be there to give advise.